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Waiting for Columbus Live
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Few rock concert documents can match this 1978 live album for sheer musicianship, or for its full-blooded representation of one of the best live bands ever. Little Feat's turbulent '70s pilgrimage had been studded with commercial detours when its second incarnation as a swampy, blues-rock sextet clicked musically, and these English and American dates, beautifully recorded by George Massenburg, capture the band in all its rowdy, precise glory. The late Lowell George's influence had been damped down in the studio, deferring to his bandmates' writing and singing, but Columbus is dominated by his gruff, lyrical vocal presence and the mercurial tang of his indelible slide guitar. With the Tower of Power Horns aboard to inject razor-sharp horn work, this romp through the Feat songbook of southern-fried rock represents a satisfying summation of the band's best works, every bit as engaging as their studio models. This is simmering, smart music measured by an honour roll of great songs with no lapses. The only caveat--and a minor one--is the deletion of two tracks to squeeze the original two LPs onto a single CD. --Sam Sutherland
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Lowell George, lead vocalist, slide guitarist extraordinnaire and song writer, IS the Rock and Roll Doctor. It is clear he is the leader of the band. Regardless of his estrangement from the group in the years before and his drug problem, obviously Lowell was at his top live form here. This is a band that lived onstage for years and know exactly how to relate to each other musically in this setting. Looking to Lowell for direction never subjugates any of their exuberance and creativity. In fact, playing and oddly re-recording the same Lowell George tunes made the perfect framework for continual and better improvisation. That history gels perfectly in this album.
There is no better rhythm section with Feat than Tower of Power horns, and they are a fabulous addition on all their tracks. 'Mercenary Territory' is a stand out, but it would be hard to choose their best one. Richie Haywood is just simply the most solid, consistent drummer in rock and roll, but he couldn't stand out in this album had it not been for bass player Kenny Gradney and their almost twin-like connection. It is my opinion that Ken was responsible for much of the syncopation that Lowell loved. All in all, the rhythm section, including Sam Clayton on congas, just cooks and never cools down for the whole album.
Lowell's vocals are heartbreakingly beautiful.Read more ›
home in the Washington/Baltimore area. Washington was known for it's blues/rock environment. Just check out the DC home band the Nighthawks (30 years and still going strong!).
Well anyway, the show opens as you hear on the album with our local DJ Cerph (from WHFS station at the time) introducing the Feat. Geared with the Tower Of Power horn section, you couldn't ask for a better performance. I'm not gonna go over every song here mainly because not all of the album is recorded at this show. But fortunately I didn't get too bombed-out where I can't remember it all except that it was one of best concerts I ever went to. Dixie Chicken/Tripe Face Boogie medley being the real stand out. After the show, we came back to one of my buddy's house and THEN we got bombed out. This is the part I don't remember to much!
All in all I've always considered this album the last of the great live/jam albums of the 70's. Taking it's place with The Allman Bros. Filmore East, The Band's Rock Of Ages and The Who's Live At Leeds. Not simply because I was there, but because very few bands perform live like this these days. The days of improv, reworking and extending songs just doesn't happen much today. These days your lucky just to get good lip-synching!Read more ›
One of the best live albums ever. Brings out the spark that was Little Feat with Lowell George. Shows off the great talent of all the people in this band. This is one of those rare times when everything was right. Adding the horns, Tower of Power, not a bad bunch of guys temselves, simply make this a clinic in how to put a live spin on great studio songs and make something new out of it. A required listen if you think you like Rock, the blues, Jazz, Boogie country. It's all here. Enjoy.
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Used to have it on tape for many many years, but the tape was slowly deteriorating, so it was time to buy the CD. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sabina Lautensach
Band that I have appreciated and loved over the years. Great Lyrics.
Full sound. Easy listening. Great to listen to if you want to escape the stress of the day. Read more
This double cd with all its musical imperfections is perfection personified! Full on funky passionate and Feattastic. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2013 by Douglas D. Dandeno
Now that I have my copy it's ok to tell the world what a Great lp this is! Mofi knocked it out of the park with this one. Read morePublished on May 14 2011 by kirby
That is : with Lowell George, the most soulful singer/slide guitarist/songwriter of his time,(or any time). Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by .
I'll keep this short, simple, and to the point. "Waiting" is a must have for EVERY music fan out there. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2003 by Anthony L. Orant
Rarely do I bother with remastered CDs. Most of the time they're nothing more than a record label gimmick to sell us on yet another copy of something we already have. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by D. Sean Brickell